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Bike Life Bristol 2019 report finds safety is the single largest barrier to more people cycling

In case you needed any convincing of the scale of both the challenge and opportunity for cycling in Bristol, Sustrans have released their excellent Bike Life report for 2019. This follows on from the 2017 and 2015 reports and highlights many of the barriers to cycling in Bristol but also some of the huge opportunities and potential in the city: 350,000 people live within a 25 minute cycle of ‘The Galleries’ 73% of people think space should be increased for people socialising, walking and cycling on their local high street 28% of residents cycle at least once a week. 23% don’t cycle…

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Thank you!

Last night we held a brisk AGM – with little need for debate – before moving on to our main event. We enjoyed an inspiring presentation from Simon Munk of London Cycle Campaign. He is widely regarded as an expert on cycling infrastructure and he had spent the day touring Bristol’s cycle routes. A lively Question and Answer session followed and the discussions continued after we left. A fuller post will appear soon but in the meantime we want to thank everyone who made the evening such a success – Simon, BCyC activists, our less…

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Review and Reports for 2019 AGM

Fans of BCyC and all its many doings will be aware that Simon Munk, perhaps the UK’s top cycle campaigner, from the London Cycling Campaign is talking to us at 6pm on Wednesday 26 November 2019 (full details). He was an instrumental campaigner in getting the gold standard Waltham Forest mini Holland or Liveable Neighbourhood. Before that at 5.30pm we have our Annual General Meeting in the Lecture Theatre at Create Centre (excellent bike parking). We will make reference to four papers: Our Chair’s…

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Sustainable travel and Bristol’s hospitals

Just over a year ago, we were encouraged to hear about plans for a “transport hub” at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, the BRI. But the detail revealed that this transport hub was effectively a green-washed multi storey car park. Following much dismay at this new magnet for motor traffic, the council rejected the planning application. However University Hospitals Bristol have now appealed to Whitehall to overrule Bristol’s decision – the BRI have decided to push ahead with their plans for a new 8 storey, 820 space car park. This, despite Upper Maudlin Street being identified as…

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Space for Cycling autumn update

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) Over the last 18 months officers at WECA, Bristol City Council, BANES, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset have been developing the new Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure plan for the West of England sub-region. Bristol Cycling Campaign has been involved throughout the process and has had regular updates on the progress of the plan. It is expected to go out to public consultation in the coming months. We will make supporters of Bristol Cycling Campaign aware when this happens and encourage you to input into the consultation. Why it matters that Bristol…

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Annual General Meeting and Talk by Simon Munk (London Cycling Campaign) 26 November

Cycle Campaigning: lessons from London and the Waltham Forest Mini-Holland Open to all – come and tell us about your experience of cycling in Bristol.  Nationally renowned cycle campaigner and the London Cycle Campaign’s expert on cycling infrastructure, Simon Munk will give a presentation on promoting change in London, working directly with City Hall, and willing Boroughs and Transport for London. Heavily involved in campaigning for the award winning Liveable Neighbourhood approach in the Borough of Waltham Forest, Simon will offer an insight into securing a better, safer environment for cyclists and…

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What happens when you send your close pass video to police

The Road Justice work of BCyC is primarily about holding ASP to account to provide reasonable responses to cyclists who take the time to submit dashcam evidence of dangerous driving and near misses. Telling people the outcome of their camera submissions encourages cyclists to provide the information, they feel the trouble is worthwhile if something is done about the dangerous driving they have reported. This basic level of accountability makes it difficult for the police to ignore or fail to act on complaints, as they do with incidents which result in injury to cyclists. There has been a…

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‘Juicy’ Bristol Cycle Forum on Oct 24 2019

We’re looking forward to the October Cycle Forum, facilitated by Bristol Council. All the items are really central to what Bristol Cycling Campaign is all about. There is sure to be a strong turnout from members and supporters (but not all 3,000 of you!). If you’ve not yet been to a Bristol Cycle Forum then this could be the one to go for. 6pm Thursday, October 24th at City Hall – arrive at reception for room details. Agenda Introductions The Guide to Inclusive Cycling – Kate Cooke – https://wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FINAL.pdf Bike Life Launch for 2020 – Jon Usher…

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What relevance does this weekend’s Marathon World Record attempt have for UK cycle infrastructure?

Tomorrow morning (12th October 2019) between 5am and 9am Eliud Kipchoge will attempt to break his marathon world record on a circuit in the famous Prater Park in Vienna. The course he will run is widely used in Vienna for recreation, particularly running races, but also as a main cycling throughfare. Its main attraction, is the tree lined straight “road” that cuts through the park, called the “Hauptalle” (shown from the air with Google Earth below). The 2.8 miles (4.5km) long Hauptalle is a truly unique stretch of tarmac, closed to motor traffic (except the odd Police car…

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